An 18-year-old Greensburg resident has been arrested on suspicion that he used a BB gun to threaten a 14-year-old boy who was on his way home from playing basketball at a church.
Jeffrey W. Green, of 234 W. North St., was being held without bond at Decatur County Jail Monday afternoon on a charge of intimidation, a Class C felony.
According to court documents, Green pointed a BB gun at a 14-year-old boy at about 10 p.m. Wednesday as the boy was walking home near downtown Greensburg from pickup basketball.
Green allegedly also told the boy to empty his pockets.
Green told the investigating officer, Lt. Brendan Bridges, of Greensburg Police Department, that he “was just playing around.” However, the victim told Bridges that he did not know the gun was a BB gun and that after the incident, he had trouble sleeping and struggled to concentrate in school.
The victim’s mother told police that after the incident her son began locking the front door, which is usually unlocked.
A witness reluctantly corroborated the victim’s story, after Bridges urged that the witness cooperate or possibly face charges himself. Bridges arrested Green Thursday on preliminary charges of attempted armed robbery, intimidation and pointing of a firearm. Decatur County Prosecutor Jim Rosenberry filed a charge of intimidation on Monday.
Bridges said Green was on probation and has had previous run-ins with local law enforcement.
Police found out about the incident after receiving a call from staff at Greensburg Junior High School.
Bridges urged parents to tell their children not to point any gun, whether real or a toy, at anyone.
Bridges said pointing fake guns at other people, even in jest, can result in serious criminal charges or instigate confrontations, especially because civilians and police officers may not be able to readily distinguish toy or BB guns from real firearms.
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